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Nebraska, Cornhusker State

If you can’t tell from the state nickname, Nebraska is a farming state. And like many mostly rural states, Nebraska’s rural areas are seeing population decline.

Between the 2000 & 2010 US Censuses, 61 of the 93 counties in Nebraska saw population declines. A 2013 census estimate shows the trend of rural flight continuing. Hitchcock county was hit the hardest, shrinking by 17% in a decade. As of 2015, just three counties in Nebraska account for 54% of the states total population.

Almost 90% of the towns in Nebraska now have a population below 1,000 residents. A similarity shared with Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, South Dakota & North Dakota. Fifty one of the counties in the state are listed as “nonmetropolitan”, meaning they lack a town with a population greater than 2,500 residents. Hitchcock county by comparison has a county wide population of 2,900.

Lawmakers have been looking at ways to keep, or attract people, but they have had little effectiveness. Nebraska state Senator Paul Schumacher said something has to be done “because western Nebraska is being evacuated.”

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Posts about Nebraska

25 Years Ago I Ventured Out Of Illinois On A Lost Americana Trail

“Go West Young man, and grow up, with the country.”
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Synder, Dodge County, Nebraska

Platted in 1886 and incorporated 4 years later, Synder has pretty much had a population in the 300s ever since it was founded.
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